On a cold March day in St. Paul, Minn., Dennis Anderson, outdoor editor for the Pioneer Press and Dispatch , ran an editorial in the local newspaper. The rest, as they say, is history. He wrote that the native habitat for the glossy red, brown and green birds was disappearing, and harsh winters were devastating their livelihood. Who was going to help pheasants survive and flourish? "It's up to those of us who are willing," Anderson wrote, "the birds need your help" [source: Herwig].
Twenty-five years later, Pheasants Forever is still flourishing as is the bird itself. PF now has chapters in every state and is regarded by the Departments of the Interior and Agriculture as one of the nation's foremost conservation groups [source: Anderson].
With initial efforts concentrated on the approval of a Minnesota pheasant stamp and the development of a members banquet, early efforts to raise funding for the protection and establishment of a safe habitat for pheasants and quail has now developed into much more. There are now more than 650 PF chapters across the U.S. and Canada, a Quail Forever group and more than 4 million acres (1.6 million hectares) of land under the care and guidance of local PF groups [source: Pheasants Forever Information].
Knowing the history of an organization is helpful to understanding its foundation, but what about what its goals? Learn about PF's mission in the next section.